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South Australia is Going Through A Massive Blackout

If you’re in South Australia, chances are you’re not reading this. Widespread blackouts across the state caused by severe storms mean that all of South Australia — anywhere not with a backup generator or an uninterruptible power supply — has gone dark.


NBN Will Roll 'Fibre To The Curb' To 700,000 Homes Around Australia, Abandoning Optus Cable

The rollout of Australia’s NBN will abandon almost all of Optus’s HFC cable network that it paid $800 million for back in 2011, with up to 700,000 homes around the country instead being connected to the NBN through fibre to the distribution point — a new technology that brings many of the advantages of fibre to the premises to a fibre to the node-style construction method.


Forget Mars, Qantas Has New First Class Pyjamas

Shut it down, Elon. There’s no point. I’ve already forgotten about Mars: my new mission in life is to get a pair of these comfy-looking First Class pyjamas from Qantas.


Five Steps To Get Fit For Tough Mudder

In just under a month, I’ll be stumbling through the 2016 Tough Mudder mud run. Last year, I managed to get through the course with no training, smartwatch and all. This year, I want to do a bit better. But that means actually doing some exercise and (hopefully) getting fit.


Australian Scientists Just Made A Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough

Australian researchers have discovered the secret behind stopping malaria parasites in the liver, uncovering a new vaccine strategy.

Scientists from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity — a joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital — the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, and the Centenary Institute developed a unique “prime and trap” vaccine method, which when tested in mice, gave complete protection against malaria.


After Six Years Away, I'm Back On Facebook

I hate Facebook.

I don’t really know why. I like the idea of it.

I like talking to my friends and hanging out with people, and Facebook makes that happen. There’s nothing wrong with that at all.

But I never liked the way that Facebook made that communication happen. It was an ugly place, and invited superficial, banal, crap posts, self-indulgent rubbish. About five years ago I just gave up on it.

I’ve had six perfectly happy years without Facebook. I didn’t need it.


Deals: 3 Essential Hacks For Any Traveling Tech Head

Staying plugged in and charged up is a big challenge for any traveling techie. That’s why we’re lending you a hand, by offering a list of travel hacks to make your life easier on the road and can be found in one hybrid battery and wall charger pack for only $29.16.


This Is How We're Getting To Mars: Elon Musk

There was some concern recently that Elon Musk wouldn’t be attending Guadalajara for the 2016 International Astronautical Congress, where SpaceX had scheduled to reveal the technical construct transporting humans to Mars for colonisation. The reason for this concern was the “fast fire” that occurred during a static fire test of the AMOS-6 mission, which was carrying Facebook’s internet.org satellite.

The satellite was lost, Mark Zuckerberg was “disappointed”, and the damage to the site where the incident occurred was extensive. Many thought since this is the second vessel SpaceX have lost in 15 months and given the complexity of the investigation into the root cause, Musk would prioritise investigation and cancel his presentation. But there he was.


ASUS's New ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro And ZenBook Flip: Australian Price And Release Date

With a strong focus on versatility, power and portability, ASUS has unveiled its latest Zen and Transformer laptops for Aussie buyers. All the details — including price and release date — for the ZenBook 3 UX390UA, the Transformer 3 Pro T303 and the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360.


Google's Pixel Hype Train Has Reached Australia

A few days ago, we spotted a Google logo and the outline of a phone in Sydney’s Circular Quay, with a photographer snapping away. Matching those same phone-shaped images we’ve been teased with, Google’s Aussie Twitter account is now dialing up the hype.


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